John Finnis
#2000 Overall Influence

John Finnis

Australian legal scholar and philosopher

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John Finnis is the Biolchini Family Professor of Law and a Permanent Senior Distinguished Research Fellow for Notre Dame. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Law & Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford. he earned his LL.B from the University of Adelaide’s St. Mark’s College. He then attended University College in Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, earning a PhD.

Well-known as a legal philosopher and scholar, Finnis has published a number of books and articles about the philosophical underpinnings of the law, including Moral Absolutes: Tradition, Revision, and Truth. He espouses a belief that there are seven basic goods that contribute to the well-being of humans: friendship, knowledge, play, life, aesthetics, practicality, and religion. His legal philosophy is strongly influenced by his Catholic faith.

He has held controversial views about same-sex marriage and morality. He has faced criticism due to his endorsement of Aung San Suu Kyi for the Nobel Peace Prize, who has since been broadly condemned for her role in the persecution of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Finnis was appointed Queen’s Counsel and Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia, which is the highest honor to be bestowed on a civilian by the Australian government.

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University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

Catholic university in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

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University of Oxford
University of Oxford

Collegiate research university in Oxford, England

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University of Malawi

University in Malawi

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University of Adelaide
University of Adelaide

University in Australia

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#45 World Rank
Law
#590 World Rank
Philosophy